The Outfit Options
While some of your girls might not mind what you put them in, others will want their say. But the main thing they really care about, is knowing how flexible you are and who is paying for it. So, tell your 'maids from the outset if you have something in mind for them and if you plan to pay part or all of the outfit. Shoes and accessories included!
Hair & Make-Up
It's always nice to be done up by a professional on a big occasion and your bridesmaids will likely want to know if beautifying comes into your plan… Again, let your bridal party know if you're covering costs, or if it's a team effort.
Where They Will Stay On Wedding Night
This is something that your 'maids might not ever say, but as you've picked them to play a special part in your day, they really do want to stay in the same place as you on the wedding night. If you're planning a family only affair, let them know early on and options for where they can be that's close by.
Where They Will Sit At The Wedding Breakfast
This is kind of a biggie for your bridal party and a tricky one to organise too! You may not have enough space on the top table to seat all of your best girls, so if you've only included your maid of honour, make sure to let the rest know where they'll be and who with. Plus, if you do try and squeeze one of your best girls in, they might not be that happy being 'shoved on the end', so it might actually be better to keep it to family only; if your top table is already oversubscribed.
How The Day Will Run
Just like any event or trip, it runs a LOT smoother when everyone knows what's going to happen next. Make sure you give your girls a rough schedule of events to refer to ahead of time, then they'll always be on hand for when you need them most.
The Wedding Day Food Situ
Yes, they know they'll be eating the wedding meal, but what about breakfast? And lunch if your wedding is later in the day? Let them know what will be provided, so they can organise other food options, if not. Hungry bridesmaids are not happy bridesmaids!
Staying In The Black
After the hen party, the bridal shower, outfit extras, plus all of the travel expenses and accommodation, their bank balance will have likely dropped significantly. Your 'maids will really appreciate some financial consideration on some aspects of the wedding process. If some girls can't afford a hen do abroad, be flexible with a celebration at home. And always offer budget accommodation options. The main point is to let your girl group know you don't expect gifts on top of what they've already given, too.
No matter how much they've done for you, a little thank you goes a long way. Whether it's in the speech or a private card with present, each one of your best girls will seriously cherish a heartfelt message; telling them how much they mean to you.
Knowing What Is Expected Of Them
Do you want them to just be there on the day helping you get dressed and party? Or will you expect them to come with you to bridal appointments, help with DIY elements or organise a hen do? You need to let your bridesmaids know what you want from them from the start, that way it will avoid tension and fall outs.